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February newsy news is here!

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

Hello from a beautiful snowy blue sky morning in Sisters. This new year is in full swing and there is so much fun stuff happening I don’t know where to begin! Here’s what’s up…

My Patreon community has grown to 113 amazing angel-people and we’re still growing! This is where I share new works exclusively. Patreon is a subscription to my work and a back stage pass all rolled into one! It’s super easy to join so check it out here!

February 1 – We have added a second 6-Week songwriting class beginning Feb 1! I am truly amazed and touched by the abundance of folks who are looking to geek out on songs and songwriting with me. This class will meet on Zoom on Monday evenings from 7-8:30 Pacific time. It is called “Writing the Songs Only You Can Write” and all levels of experience are welcome. We’ll do lots of discussing, listening, writing in and out of class, sharing our work and cheering each other on. Here’s where you can register and find more info! Dates are Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1 & 8.

The first weekend in February (Feb 5-7), I am hosting Sisters Songworks 2.0, an intimate virtual writing retreat with instructors Jonathan Byrd, Ellis Delany and Beth Nielsen Chapman. I mean COME ON! What an amazing line-up! We will cap attendance at 22 participants maximum. There are a few spots left but they are going fast! Here is the info and registration for this amazingw weekend of community and song.

February 10 – I’m hosting my monthly virtual song circle and there is one slot left! Songs need to be heard, and songwriters need community! We can’t meet in person, so let’s meet on Zoom to gather by the virtual campfire and share some songs! Attendance will be capped at 12 people, and the circle will go for two hours maximum. Please email me at bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com to reserve your spot. There is no cost to attend. Free-will donations of $5-10 will be joyfully accepted.

hosted by Beth Wood

February 19 – I’m pinching myself because on Friday, February 19, I get to do a poetry reading with the great Kim Stafford, hosted by our beloved independent book store, Paulina Springs Books! Everyone can attend as this is a virtual event, and there is no cost. I will be reading poems from my latest book Believe The Bird, play a song or two, and we’ll have some lively conversation. Kim will share a few poems, too. If you are not familiar with Kim Stafford, he was our Oregon poet laureate from 2018-2020, and he is a huge inspiration to me. I hope you’ll join us!

February 25 – And speaking of inspiration, I am SO EXCITED for my next Joyful Measures livestream concert on Feb 25th with special guests Sarah Sample and Edie Carey! The intent of this offering is to create a space for beauty, solace, connection, and celebration through word and song while also getting to hear my friends! Sarah Sample and Edie Carey create lush, moving, gorgeous music that moves me deeply — both as solo artists, and as a duo. They teamed up to create a lullaby album called “Til The Morning” that is one of my favorites of all time. A night with these two light-bringers is just the medicine we need! And also dangit, I miss my friends! We’ll swap songs and tell stories and probably giggle a lot. Plus we’ll have a little conversation about what is bringing us joy right now. Tune in on my Facebook music page. You do not have to have a Facebook account to watch. It’s free to watch and donations are joyfully accepted at Venmo: @bethwoodmusic or Paypal. 6:30 Pacific/7:30 Mountain/8:30 Central/9:30 Eastern. We’ll have a special patron-only Zoom after-party where we’ll keep giggling and singing a little more.                  

And finally, what a moment poetry is having after the super-charged, awe-inspiring reading by our Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman at the inauguration! It was so amazing to watch her soar, and to see how deeply moved people were by her poem and her performance. I felt so proud and so inspired watching her go! Here’s a poem I wrote for her the next morning.

I hope you are all keeping healthy and keeping your spirits up. It is so hard not to be able to hug each other, to share in a meal or live music or a movie or so many of those things that we hold dear. It feels like there is a little light at the end of this tunnel and I’ve got my eye on it. I’ll be reaching out with songs and words and virtual hugs until we meet again.

Thank you for cheering me on and tuning in and reading this. I am so incredibly grateful for you. Some of you have stuck with me since the early days of ‘Woodwork’ and Austin coffee shops and I just can’t believe how lucky I am. Your support and your presence on this creative journey means the world to me! With gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon, a subcription to my music and poetry!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic  

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

a beautiful snowy walk this morning…

More fun stuff coming up soon…

March 7-9 – Sisters Songworks 3.0 – An Intimate Virtual Writing Retreat

March 10 – Monthly Song Circle

March 16 – Joyful Measures Livestream Concert w/ David Lamotte

New Year, Newsy News!

Welcome, 2021…we’ve been waiting for you!

(thank you Brent McGregor for this awesome photo.)

Hello, friends and fellow music lovers, and Happy New Year!

May this new year bring magic and wonder and unlimited creativity. This has been an unforgettable time as we have all reimagined our way of doing things. Never have connection, music, and community felt so important. Here’s to finding creative ways to share all of those things! Here’s to facing forward and walking toward the world we want to live in, taking one step at at time. 

Firstly in this new year, I’d like to shout out to all of the adventurous folks who have joined me on Patreon! Patreon is a monthly subscription to my work, a back-stage hang-out, and a vibrant and caring inner-circle community…all rolled into one. These 110 folks who have joined are providing crucial direct support to my work, and also gaining access to all of my new songs and poems! This model is the future of the arts in our changing world. If my music or my poetry have resonated with you, I hope you’ll consider trying something new. For as little as $1 a month (or whatever amount you choose), you can become a member and get access to a new song and poem in your inbox each month! January is the time for trying new things. Click here to learn more!  And here’s the little video I made about it…

what is patreon?

Here is what’s coming up this month, y’all…scroll down for more details.

Wed, Jan 13 – Virtual Song Circle

Tue, Jan 26 – Begin 6-Week Songwriting Class : Writing The Songs Only You Can Write

Thu, Jan 28 – Begin 4-Week Dynamics in Performance Class

I’m excited to share that I am starting a monthly virtual song circle, open to anyone! Part of my mission is to create community through music, and I have dreamed of hosting a monthly song circle here in my new home town. We can’t meet in person right now, so let’s meet on Zoom to gather by the virtual campfire and share some songs! Attendance will be capped at 12 people, and the circle will go for two hours maximum. Songwriters of all levels are welcome. You are also free to play a cover song or share a poem/lyrics. Please email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com to reserve your spot. There is no cost to attend. Free-will donations of $5-10 will be joyfully accepted (Venmo: @bethwoodmusic or Paypal). Wednesday, Jan 13 at 7 pm Pacific time (and 2nd Wednesdays of the month after).

And guess what, I’m pairing up with Sisters Folk Festival again to offer my six-week Songwriting class and my four-week Dynamics in Performance class! I was so amazed and sparked and comforted by our virtual classes at the end of last year. Those precious things that music-lovers and songwriters and artists lost in 2020: connection, community, learning from and inspiring each other… we found through our virtual offerings. Songs may sometimes be born in solitude, but they can’t live and thrive there. They need to be heard, to be shared with others in order to grow into their full power and purpose. It’s amazing how effectively we can do that virtually. I hope you’ll consider joining us! Registration is open now – click here to learn more. Holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you have any questions. 

I’ll be dreaming up more Joyful Measures Livestream concerts to share songs and stories and get to see my friends whom I miss so much not being on the road! If you missed the last one with the great Chris Rosser, here it is below. And all of these livestream concerts currently live on my Facebook music page, which you can access here even if you don’t have a Facebook account.

joyful measures: livestream concert with beth wood & chris rosser

And finally, I am SO EXCITED to be directing three more Sisters Songworks virtual songwriting retreats on behalf of Sisters Folk Festival! This past October, we hosted the first “Sisters Songworks”, a 3-day virtual retreat with Anna Tivel, Tom Kimmel and myself teaching. We had 18 participants, and it was a wonderful experience of connection, community, and inspiration. It was so amazing that we want to do more! There will be three separate weekend retreats in February, March, and April. I will be the host and director, and we have AMAZING instructors lined up such as Susan Gibson, Jonathan Byrd, Martyn Joseph, Ellis, Tom Prasada-Rao, and Beth Nielsen-Chapman, just to name a few! Look for the announcement and more info soon!

I’m so grateful to you for reading this and for cheering me on! Let us continue being lights for each other as our days begin to grow longer. Hope to see you out there in the virtual world soon! With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon, a subcription to my music and poetry!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic  

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

And here’s a little poem for the new year…cheers!

hymn for the new year

December’s Newsy News

Greetings, friends and fellow  music lovers,

I hope you are warm and cozy wherever you are. Our mountains are covered in snow, and I never tire of their magnificent beauty. There are some special things coming up this month. Most of all I wanted to send you warm wishes for this holiday season. This will not be like any other holiday, but still I am grateful for every moment. I’m grateful for you, too. 

If you would like to stay up to date on all my new music and poetry, come join us on Patreon! Patreon is a subscription to my work and it is super easy to join. For as little as $1 a month, you can have exclusive access to new songs and poems that I don’t release anywhere else, and even join us for patron-only Zoom gatherings. I’ve got a special Christmas Eve song that I am excited to share with patrons soon!

It’s not too late to sign up for our first virtual Winter Solstice Retreat (Paddling in the Dark: A Virtual Winter Solstice Retreat) coming up this Friday and Saturday (Dec 4 & 5). This is a new adventure for me, and I am honored and delighted to be co-facilitating this special retreat with friends Alan Claassen and Kirstin Anglea. Kirstin and Alan are both amazing humans and facilitators of Center for Courage and Renewal retreats. We will share a time of quiet reflection, renewal, writing, singing, connection and celebration. Please click here for info and registration. The Dec 11-12 retreat is sold out.   

I’m honored to be a part of a virtual benefit concert organized by my friend Joe Werne. Some of you might know Joe as the host of Little Tree Acoustic House Concerts and tireless advocate of independent musicians. Little Tree Acoustic House Concerts and Unite the Parks are hosting an online benefit concert to save the Pacific Fisher, a newly listed endangered species living in the Southern Sierra Nevada. Thank you Joe for all that you do. Here are details…

Sunday, December 6 – Benefit Concert to Save the Pacific Fisher. Participating musicians and poets include Ellis Delaney, Beth Wood, Gabrielle Louise, Nicolò Spera, Karl Werne, Jack Williams, Mitch Barrett, Strangebyrds, Chris Hoffman, Justin Evan Thompson, Connor Garvey, and more. The area where the Pacific fisher lives is unique; it is part of a region designated as a biodiversity hotspot, and there are only 35 such places worldwide. Unite the Parks has been working to protect this area for the past seven years. The show is available everywhere, so invite your friends, and make sure to correct for your friends’ time zone(s)! Can’t make the performance time? Not a problem – a recording of the show will be available afterward for viewing, at a time that fits your schedule. Also, we will have a real-time Zoom afterparty with some of the performers and Unite the Parks staff immediately after the show, which will begin about 6:30 Pacific time/7:30pm Mountain Time. Join us! All donations are tax deductible; Unite the Parks is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to keeping our wild places wild. Make a donation to attend the concert here.    

And I am THRILLED to be hosting my friend, mentor, and favorite singer-songwriter Chris Rosser for a livestream concert and song swap on Tuesday, December 8. If you have not heard Chris, please do yourself a favor and tune in! His music is the medicine we need. Here are the details:

Tuesday, December 8 – Joyful Measures: A Livestream Concert with Beth Wood and Chris Rosser.  Desperate times call for Joyful Measures! In fact, all times call for joyful measures. The intent of this offering is to create a space for beauty, solace, connection, and celebration through word and song while also getting to hear my friends! Chris Rosser is my favorite songwriter in the world and dangit, I miss my friend! We’ll swap songs and tell stories, and I’ll even ask Chris to share a few of his beautiful winter songs. Plus we’ll have a little conversation about what is bringing us joy right now. Click here to tune in on my Facebook music page (you don’t have to have a Facebook account to watch!) It’s free to watch and donations are joyfully accepted. 5:00 Pacific/6:00 Mountain/7:00 Central/8:00 Eastern

I am honored to be a part of Artichoke Music‘s virtual Holiday Concert and benefit for Transition Projects inc. The incredibly talented and generous videographer and friend Gary Furlow came to Sisters to film my songs for the holiday special. We set up at the gorgeous Fir Street Park bandshell here in Sisters and had such a blast doing it. It felt good to sing in to a microphone again! Here’s the scoop, I hope you’ll join us!

Sunday, December 20 – Holiday Concert: Return the Light. Artichoke Music is honored to present this virtual concert and annual holiday benefit to support Transition Projects (tprojects.org) and its tireless relief efforts for the homeless in the Portland metro region. Tom May will be your host for the evening with performances by Beth Wood, Tom May and Doug Smith, Espacio Flamenco, Martin Zarzar, Luther’s Boots, Chasing Ebenezer teachers and students of our school of music, interviews and and many more surprises that you will just have to tune in and see. 8 pm Pacific time. You can watch here on Artichoke’s Facebook page (you don’t need a FB account to watch). 

And finally, I’m sorry to have to share some sad news. We had a beautiful Thanksgiving, and then a rough one. Miss Bailey passed away unexpectedly and we’ve been in a fog in the days after. My heart is sore but I am filled with joy and gratitude for that sweet being and all she gave to me. Even though someday came before I was ready, I am ever grateful and I’m still gonna go on loving an old dog. 🙂 Thank you to all of you for loving her from afar! She was truly a rock star. My friends and family and loved ones have lifted me up and it has been so comforting and hopeful. Thank you to everyone who has kept us in your thoughts and sent hugs and loving words our way. Here is Bailey’s tree all lit up with Christmas lights and a shining full moon. Seems about right considering her bright smile!

Every day I grow ever more grateful for every precious moment. Thank you for your belief in me and my work in the world. I wish you peace and joy and creativity in this newly imagined holiday season. There is much to celebrate. 

With love from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon, a subcription to my music and poetry!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic  

Find my dog on Instagram @bailey.pants

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

Welcome, November…a time for gratitude.

Thank you, Dennis McGregor for this beautiful photo by the Upper Deschutes River!

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

Autumn is here in central Oregon and it is glorious. Crisp air and vibrant colors abound as the aspens let go of their last golden leaves. I hope you are finding peace wherever you are. This challenging and eye-opening year has brought into clear focus the necessity of art, the hope in every single effort to create beauty and connection. May we continue to be lights for each other in the coming days, weeks, and months!

Even though the circumstances of this crazy year have forced me to reimagine my work, I am grateful for all that is unfolding. I am grateful for this beautiful place I live in. I am grateful for the support of all of you who help keep me going. I am grateful for all the meaningful relathionships this work has brought into my life! For me, teaching has taken on new significance as I learn to embrace technology and get creative with what we can do together. I’m very excited to partner with Sisters Folk Festival for new virtual teaching offerings in November and December!  I’m also looking forward to a livestream concert on Nov 2 with my buddy David Stoddard! And I have a new video to share! Details on all that, newsy news, and November happenings below. But first…

GRATITUDE. I am so grateful to all of you for cheering me on, for tuning in to virtual concerts, for generously putting donations in the tip jar, for sharing my videos with your friends on Facebook and Instagram, for becoming patrons, for reading my musings. And big thank you to Sisters Folk Festival, Tom Kimmel and Anna Tivel and all who joined us for an amazing Songworks virtual songwriting retreat! Thank you to Joel Tepp and the wonderful folks of Folk Alliance Region West (Far-West) for inviting me to be part of their virtual variety show. Thanks to JT and Lori, Chuck Pickeral, Melissa and Colin and everyone at Devil Mountain Coffeehouse for hosting our show virtually, and to Laurel and the Deschutes Library for inviting me to be part of their concert series.

I’m so excited to report that my Patreon community is going strong and growing! Last month I was thrilled to welcome our 101st patron and I hope you’ll consider being our 102nd! It is a super easy, direct way to support me and my art AND have exclusive access to my new songs and poems. Just think of is as a CSA for my songs and poems. 🙂 Win/win! Check it out here. I’m so excited to partner with the Sisters Folk Festival for virtual classes in Nov and Dec! I will be offering a 4 week class on Dynamics in Performance, as well as a 6 week songwriting class. These classes are a wonderful way to create community, learn from each other, and spend time focusing on our passions. Let’s come together on these cold dark nights and raise our voices in song! I hope you’ll consider joining us. Here are details below. For the full picture, please visit the Sisters Folk Fesival website. Let’s do this! DYNAMICS IN PERFORMANCE is a 4-week course taking place on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 PM (Pacific Time), November 10 through December 1. This course — taught virtually by Beth Wood — is geared for musicians who are interested in improving their performance skills, whether their intentions are playing open mics, improving their professional stagecraft, or simply improving the delivery of their songs. Participants will learn tips and tricks that will help them improve their confidence and delivery in front of an audience. Cost is $100 for all 4 weeks. Click here for info and registration!


WRITING THE SONGS ONLY YOU CAN WRITE will delve into elements of songwriting, and the limited class size will allow for personalized learning, interaction between participants, and a variety of exercises to inspire maximum songwriting creativity. This course will be taught virtually by Beth Wood, a gifted singer-songwriter and winner of the Oregon Book Award People’s Choice Award for Poetry. The 6-week program takes place from 7:00- 8:30 PM (Pacific Time) on Monday evenings from November 9 through December 14. Cost is $150 for all 6 weeks. Click here for info and registration! 

And I cannot WAIT for my livestream concert and song swap with the great David Stoddard on Monday, Nov 2! I don’t know about you, but I could use a little escape from the news and the world for a little while. I can’t think of a more fun way to spend an hour than making music and conversation and giggles with my friend Dave. We first met at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 2005, and we have done many tours across the frozen midwest haha and the more temporate northwest. 🙂 Dave is the funniest person I know, and he is a brilliant writer and musician. I am a Super Fan. He also makes a mean salsa. Dave has even agreed to come to our patron-only after party on Zoom! I hope you’ll join us. Here are the details: 

Monday, Nov 2 – Joyful Measures, a Livestream Concert and Song Swap with Beth Wood and David Stoddard. Desperate times call for Joyful Measures! In fact, all times call for joyful measures. The intent of this offering is to create a space for beauty, solace, connection, and celebration through word and song while also getting to hear my friend David Stoddard! We’ll swap songs, tell stories, I’ll try to prevent Dave from telling bad jokes, and we’ll talk about what is bringing us joy right now.  Tune in on my Facebook music page.  (You do not have to have a Facebook account to watch.) Donations  are not required but will be joyfully accepted at my Paypal or at Venmo: bethwoodmusic. 5:30 pm Pacific/6:30 pm Mountain/7:30 pm Central/8:30 pm Eastern.

Here is my trusty assistant getting ready for our Devil Mountain Coffeehouse virtual concert!


This is what sharing live music looks like these days!  

I’m having a blast exploring my new area with the best tour guide Dennis 🙂 Here we found ourselves walking alongside the mighty Metolius river. I still can’t get over the jewel tones in the water.

  And here is Miss Bailey exploring new territory with gorgeous fall colors. This is the look that says, “um, did you forget the frisbee?” 

 

And finally, I have a new video to share! I wrote this song “Loving An Old Dog” for my sweet dog Bailey whom I adopted when she was 10. Y’all probably know her because her pictures are all over my newsletters! I treasure every single minute with this sweet old gal. This song is for her, and for everyone who has loved an old dog. I asked folks to share pics of their beloved old dogs so I could make a video montage, and I got 85 of the cutest pics I’ve ever seen. Thank you to all of you who shared pics of your beloved old dogs! Here it is…

loving an old dog by beth wood

Thank you so much for reading this and for all of your encouragement. My hope is that what I do resonates with you and brings you joy. If that is true and you’d like to be involved in supporting my work in the world, there are lots of ways, and many of them are free!
–Follow me on Facebook and Instagram –Subscribe to my YouTube channel –Keep reading this newsletter (thank you!) and share things with your friends when you are so moved. –Join my Patreon community!


Thank you so much for being a part of my creative journey! I hope you are doing alright and finding sources of joy. Let’s keep on bringing joy to each other in these winter months when we need it most! With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic  

Find my dog on Instagram @bailey.pants

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

A new video for a song inspired by Mary Oliver

Hey y’all, we made a video! This song was sparked by Mary Oliver (oh, Mary). She asks in a poem called “The Summer Day”: “what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” I plan to keep asking myself that every day.


Back in April, or was it May? we went out to the Alvord Desert in eastern Oregon, a most spectacular and stark and jaw-droppingly beautiful place. We drove out onto the playa, a 7-mile wide dry lakebed, with a couple of cameras and a drone and a red dress. A huge 7-mile thank you to Brent McGregor, Kara, and Dennis McGregor for making this and for making it so much fun. I am so grateful for you. ❤️

October Newsy News!

Welcome, Autumn…now bring on the soup!

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers –

I hope you are doing alright and finding things to nourish your spirits! These are heavy and yet meaningful times we are living in. We need each other and we need music now more than ever if you ask me.  

Here are several fun things happening in October! And right below is gratitude and newsy news and a special request…

Oct 2-4 – Sisters Songworks: A Virtual Writing Retreat hosted by Sisters Folk Festival in Sisters, OR. Instructors BW, Anna Tivel & Tom Kimmel. We have a few spots left!

Oct 8 – Livestream Concert “We Belong Together!” hosted by Folk Alliance Region West (FAR-West). A two-hour Livestream Concert Revue streaming on the FAR-West YouTube channel, featuring live performances by well-known acts from the West and beyond, as well as hot up-and-coming young artists.  At 12:45 pm PDT. Free and open to all.

Fri, Oct 16 – Livestream hosted by Devil Mountain Coffeehouse in Walnut Creek, CA. Details to come!

Fri, Oct 23 – Virtual Concert/Reading hosted by Deschutes Public Library in Bend, OR. An intimate virtual performance to remind us of the connecting power of word and song. A link to view this program online will be available beginning Friday, October 23rd at 5:00 p.m. FREE and open to all.

GRATITUDE…Special thanks to Artichoke music and to my Dynamics in Performance workshop students–I have had a blast exploring dynamics every Tuesday with you. Thanks to Sisterspace Weekend Music Festival for including me in their amazing lineup of women. Thanks to Tom Kimmel and Nathan Brown and everyone who tuned in to help me celebrate my new poetry book! And big thanks to my patrons for cheering me on!

THE NEWS…I’m having so much fun with Patreon, y’all! It has been six months since I launched this new tool for connection, and I have released six new songs and six poems there that you won’t hear anywhere else! The world is ever evolving and I’m trying my best to adapt. With CD sales essentially a thing of the past and touring an uncertainty for at least another year, Patreon is helping me to stay connected, release new works, and access direct support from folks who appreciate my work. It’s a win-win! I’m at 92 patrons right now y’all, and I can’t wait to reach the milestone of 100 patrons! Click here to help me reach that goal! This is the best way to keep up with what I am making!

I’m so excited for our Sisters Songworks virtual writing retreat coming up Oct 2-4! I have been dreaming of this for so long, and now it is finally here! It is not how we originally envisioned it, but these days call for adaptation and resilience! We have decided to go online, and I’m so excited to be partnering with the great Anna Tivel and guest instructor Tom Kimmel! We’ll have small workshops, a song circle, instructor concert, master class with Tom Kimmel, and plenty of creative shenanigans and dance party breaks to keep our blood flowing. I hope you’ll join us!

A SPECIAL REQUEST…Ok y’all, I have a request! A few months ago, I wrote a song called “Loving An Old Dog” (about guess who!?), and I want to make a new music video for it! I got to go in to the studio here in Sisters at Grange Recorders and lay down an awesome recording of the song (sign up for my Patreon here to download the MP3!) So… I am envisioning a video montage with photos of YOUR sweet old dogs while this song is playing in the backgroud! I’m requesting that you email me a pic of your old dog with his/her name so your beloved 4-legged can be in the video! Here’s the song if you haven’t heard it yet… You can reach me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com.

beth wood lovin' an old dog

And finally, I want to share with you a song that I wrote as a tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. RBG inspired me so much with her life of action, purpose, service, and courage. After rewatching the documentary RBG, I was reminded of something she said that moved me deeply: “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” I was thinking about that when I wrote this song for her.

one step at a time

This is pretty much what things look like around here these days…it’s a Zoomarama! We’re Zooming our faces off in virtual meetings, lessons, workshops and retreats! I’m so grateful for my assistant and all of her “help!” (I’m pretty sure her ears help me get better wifi reception.)       

Sometimes she gets confused when we Zoom and she thinks we have company so she brings out all her toys to show everyone. 🙂

MAN, it felt good to breathe clean air once that crazy smoke cleared out.

I’m so grateful to you for reading this, for your interest in my creative shenanigans, and for your support of my work in the world. Who knows what winter will looks like? Feels like we are headed into hibernation but we have already been hibernating for six months. 

May we be lights for each other in the darkness, knowing that the light will come back around again.  May we care for the most vulnerable among us. May we nourish our spirits with music and cooking and poetry and dogs and laughter and loved ones and long walks in the crisp autumn air.  May we never forget we are all connected!  

With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic  

Find my dog on Instagram @bailey.pants

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

New Book Celebration!

Hello, friends!

Wowza! I’m floating on cloud 9 from last night’s new book celebration livestream with my friends Tom Kimmel and Nathan Brown! Thank you so much to everyone who tuned in, shared, and donated. What a spirit-lift it was to be with friends and hear their incredibly moving artistry. We had a blast and man, I needed that. 

In case you missed it, you can watch the livestream new book celebration at your leisure at any time!! And you don’t have to have a Facebook account to watch. Here it is! 

If you’d like to order my new poetry book Believe The Bird, there are options:

1. You can order directly from me! It might take a little longer as I am waiting for my next shipment of books. But if you don’t mind waiting a few extra days, I will send you one, and I’ll sign it to boot! Click here to order from me.

2. If you live in central Oregon, I hope you’ll consider buying it at our awesome local independent book store, Paulina Springs Books! They are at 252 W. Hood Ave in Sisters, 541-549-0866. Also, your local book store can order it for you!

3. If you have a poetry emergency and need to get your hands on a copy quickly, you can order from the big book store in the sky here. If you do order here, would you consider writing a review? Thanks!

I am truly grateful for all of your love and support, and I feel so lucky that I get to make art and share it with you. Thanks for cheering me on!

With gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon!

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For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

September 2020 Newsy News!

Hello, friends and fellow music lovers!

My how these days are flying and slogging at the same time. 🙂 I hope you are finding beauty in these waning summer days. I am savoring every moment of sunshine!

These are exciting times around here at BW headquarters. I am so thrilled to announce that my new poetry book, Believe The Bird, is out in the world! I’ll tell you all about it and all the other fun stuff going on, but first… 

GRATITUDE…Very special thanks to the Sisters Folk Festival for hosting an outdoor, socially distanced and safe and magical concert. It was so powerful and healing to make music again and to be with real live people singing for real live people! Thanks to David Jacobs-Strain, Haley Johnsen, Jeffrey Martin and Ron Artis II and the Truth for a truly inspiring day of music. Thanks to art teacher Judy Fuentes and all the kids who made our Creativity Camp so incredibly fun! Thanks to Marean Jordan and the UU church of Bend for hosting me as their virtual guest artist. Thanks to Nathan Brown and Ashley Stanberry Brown for making my book the first to be featured in their Stocktank Book Club, and to Roundabout Books in Bend for inviting me to be a part of their local author’s night virtual reading!

THE NEWS…NEW BOOK ALERT! I can’t even describe the giddy feeling of knowing my new book is out in the world! This is my third book of poetry and it is called Believe The Bird. The title comes from a quote by John James Audubon that says, “When the bird and the book disagree, believe the bird.” What if we examine the stories we tell ourselves to see if they resonate with who we are now? What if we allow our inherent wisdom to override messages that no longer serve us? When is a story good and when is it harmful? What if we get to decide what narratives work for us? Believe The Bird is a book full of questions in the form of poems, pointing to the wisdom of the bird in hand. THANK YOU to Nathan Brown, Ashley Stanberry Brown and Mezcalita Press for helping me make this thing real! Yes, you can buy from the big book store in the sky but if you don’t mind waiting a few extra days to get your copy, you can buy directly from me and get it signed to boot! Here’s how to order and support my work most directly!

I just LOVE how the cover of this book turned out!  The cover was lovingly designed by Lauren Hill and features a photo of an Anna’s Hummingbird taken by my aunt Sheri Williamson. Sheri is a hummingbird researcher/expert, amazing artist and incredibly brilliant human, and she runs the Southeast Arizona Bird Observatory along with my uncle Tom. Check out some more of her art here on here FB page! And you can read about Sheri and Tom’s work in the world here

Here is a video I made for a reading of the poem “Flipside Supernova”, a poem in the new book.

believe the bird poetry book

And you can watch Nathan and Ashley read some of my poems from their stocktank book club!

And I hope you’ll join us for our virtual new book celebration on Sept 14 with Tom Kimmel and Nathan Brown!

I am excited to partner with Artichoke Music for a virtual workshop series this month. We’ll be exploring dynamics in performance (one of my favorite things!) on Tuesdays this month (after Labor Day). You can sign up for the entire series, or drop in for one class! We’re all just trying to figure out how to stay connected and keep on doing our work, and I am grateful to Artichoke Music for inviting me to share this offering. I hope you’ll join us!

In other exciting news, I released another brand new song this month to my Patreon community. This one is open-tuning, metal-finger-picks, tap-yo-feet, open-yo-mouth fun to sing, and it’s called “Love Keeps the Flame”! Thank you to Brent McGregor for this fiery photo!

We’re on fire now, y’all. That makes five new songs I have released exclusively to my Patreon peeps! I’m up to 93 patrons now and I would LOVE to get to 100. Want to hear my new work and also support my work in an easy, sustainable way? Check it out here!

SEPTEMBER HAPPENINGS…

Sept 8, 15, 22, and 29 – Dynamics in Performance Zoom Workshop Series hosted by Artichoke Music. We will explore together the power of dynamics in expressing emotion, telling a story, and delivering a song. We’ll look at some tips and tricks for providing your performances with variety, movement, and emotional arc. We will address how breathing, awareness, and song-mapping tie in to delivering an engaging performance. Let’s have fun and learn from each other! Tuesdays in September from 7-8:30 pm. In partnership with Portland’s beloved Artichoke Music. $100 for all 4 workshops. $30 for single drop-in. Click here for registration info!

Sept 14 – Joyful Measures: BW’s Virtual New Book Celebration with special guests Tom Kimmel and Nathan Brown! Desperate times call for Joyful Measures! In fact, all times call for joyful measures. The intent of this offering is to create a space for beauty, solace, connection, and celebration through word and song while also getting to hear my friends! BW will be celebrating the release of her third poetry book, Believe The Bird, with a livestream virtual reading and concert along with two of her favorite troubadour-poet-songwriters Tom Kimmel and Nathan Brown! We’ll share music, poems, and talk about what is bringing us joy right now here on BW’s Facebook music page. (You don’t have to have a FB account to watch). It’s free to watch and donations are joyfully accepted. 6 pm Pacific Time/8 pm Central. 

Here’s some other random pics y’all…

oh my GAWD it felt good to sing with other humans again!  thank you Jay Mather for capturing these moments!

and it felt so good to sit back and drink in some music.

we had SO MUCH FUN at creativity camp! The kids were fun and enthusiastic and open and silly and it felt so good to just hang out and make stuff together!

this is my favorite pic from the whole week…so much fun!

we came up with some very creative song titles.

and we wrote tons of songs together including 2020 Blues, Covid-19 Blues, and Fred’s Head, a song about an unfortunate incident with a goldfish losing his head. 

and let’s not forget, every day is National Dog Day around here! 😉 

I feel so fortunate to be able to do what I love and to share it with you. THANK YOU for walking alongside me on this path. Thank you for cheering me on and supporting my work. I’m sending a big love-and-gratitude blast your way!

Your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic  

Find my dog on Instagram @bailey.pants

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

Check out the latest newsy news for August, 2020!

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

These are rich, long days of sunshine, new avenues of connection, finding ways to lift each other up. And they are also richly complex days of uncertainty and change. I hope you are finding beauty and meaning wherever you are. 

Here are a few things coming up I’d like to tell you about. Lots more details are below…

Sat, Aug 1 – Sisters Folk Festival Presents: Close To Home Concert – Sisters, OR (this event will be livestreamed on SFF’s Youtube and Facebook…details below)

Fri, Aug 7 – Back Door Coffeehouse Virtual Concert 

Mon, Aug 10-Fri, Aug 14 – Sisters Folk Festival’s Creativity Camp for Kids – Sisters, OR

Fri, Aug 28 – Roundabout Books Virtual Local Author Night on Zoom

But first, gratitude…

Thank you to all the brave souls who joined for my Zoom dynamics/performance workshop and to Portland Folk Music Society for hosting. I never knew we could have so much fun gathering virtually! I hope to offer more of this kind of musical mischief soon!

Thank you to the Audrey and Milt and to Charles and Sandy and to Paul and Donna for trying new things and for making my music part of your lives. We are getting so creative! 

Thank you to all of you who ordered a copy of my new CD, a collaboration live CD with the amazing Home By Dark band! And thank you for tuning in to our virtual CD release celebration, and to Matt Blanchard, Carole Ford and Vanessa Conner for bringing their beautiful music and generous spirits to the party! It meant the world to me to share that with you. If you missed the online CD release celebration and you’d like to watch it, you still can! Here is the link to watch. And if you’d like to order your copy, you still can! Here’s the link for that. The album is called “Home By Dark Live Vol 1 with Beth Wood” and it is on all the streaming platforms as well. THANK YOU to James Casto for making this happen!

Thank you to my wonderful Patreon community for partnering with me in my creative work and for cheering me on! I had a blast sharing a new song, with special guest David Jacobs-Strain sitting in on slide guitar, and a new poem about girls and horses. If you’d like to have access to my new songs and poems, I hope you’ll join us here! For as little as $1 a month you can become a member! There are many levels of support and  you can choose what feels right for you. You can always change your pledge or bow out if things change for you, no judgment! I am supporting several of my favorite artists now on Patreon — David LamotteEllisNaomi Violette, and I love getting a window into their creative lives! I also love being a patron of Artichoke Music! I figure our creative community is stronger if we support each other!

And now, for some fun stuff coming up! On August 1, Sisters Folk Festival is presenting a small, outdoor, responsible and socially-distanced show called “Close To Home” on their lawn at the Artworks Building! I applaud everyone involved for all the thought and planning and work they have put into creating this safe space for us to enjoy some live music. I am honored and excited to be playing some music with the great David Jacobs-Strain! And my heart is bursting just thinking of getting to hear Jeffrey Martin with Anna TivelHaley Johnsen, and Ron Artis II and The Truth. Our community must really need it because it sold out in a day! But the cool thing is that Sisters Folk Festival will be live streaming the whole event as a love offering!! You can watch it here on YouTube! Or here on Facebook! Music starts at 5 pm Pacific. DJS and I will play at 7:15.  hope you’ll join us in your living rooms. It truly is a phenomenal group of artists and a special offering for our thirstly little isolated ears and hearts. 

I am so grateful to my friend and wonderful singer-songwriter-poet Tom Kimmel for connecting me with the gracious folks at the Back Door Coffeehouse in Hattiesburg, MS! You see, they have been hosting listening room concerts for their community for 28 years! And they are continuing on this season with virtual concerts. I was so delighted when they reached out and asked me to be a part of their series! So, here’s the scoop: I’m videoing myself playing a concert here in my home, and the Back Door Coffeehouse will present it on their YouTube page on August 7 at 5:30 pm Pacific (7:30 Central). This is a gift to their community and donations are gratefully accepted. Here is the link to watch! 

And I am thrilled and delighted to be co-leading a day camp for 10-14 year old kids on August 10-14 in Sisters! I will be co-leading “The Nature of Expression: A Creativity Camp” with wonderful artist Judy Fuentes. We will investigate animals and nature through sounds and color and explore storytelling and self-expression through art, creative writing, and music. Monday-Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM. Strict adherence to safety guidelines in place during COVID-19 will be observed. There are still a few spots left, so if you know a 10-14 year old who loves being creative, I hope you’ll send them our way!

Roundabout Books is a beloved independent book store in Bend, and I’m excited to be part of their local author’s night on August 28! Each author will speak for approximately 15 minutes and then be available for questions. Other featured authors are Denise Holley, Lauren Melink, Alisha Crebbin and Robert M. Vancil. Please contact Roundabout Books at www.roundaboutbookshop.com or call 541-306-6564 to order these books. Zoom link to be posted on their website soon!

If you are looking for a contemplative, community offering, I will be the special guest for the UU Fellowship of Central Oregon’s Sunday virtual service on August 16 at 10 am Pacific time. I am very honored by this invitation! I’ll be sharing a few songs and a poem or two. If you’d like to learn about the UUFCO and/or tune in, please visit their website here. 

And finally, my next book of poetry, “Believe The Bird” is in production right now. Whaaaaaaat?!?! So I’ll be dreaming and scheming on what kind of fun virtual celebration I can cook up for that. Stay tuned!

Here’s Bailey Pants helping me set up for the Home By Dark CD release livestream celebration! Very laid-back management style. 

WOOP! So excited for everyone to hear this album! I love sharing my friends with you!

Oh these summer days take my breath away. 

Thanks so much for reading my musings and for being a part of my creative life. I always love hearing from you! It’s hard to imagine the future of live concerts or tours, but I do know that what we have is this moment right now. And I am incredibly grateful for that. I am grateful for our connections no matter how they transpire. I am grateful for the chance to make music and poetry and to share it. I am so grateful for all of you! 

Your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 551

Sisters, OR 97759

www.bethwoodmusic.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Come join me on Patreon!

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram @bethwoodmusic  

Find my dog on Instagram @bailey.pants

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

New book alert!

new book alert

NEW BOOK ALERT! It’s finally come true. My poetry book Believe The Bird is out in the world and I am over the moon. The first box of books is on its way to me now! Yes, you can buy from the big book store in the sky but if you don’t mind waiting a few extra days to get your copy, you can buy directly from me and get it signed to boot! Here’s how to order and support my work most directly: http://www.bethwoodmusic.com/store/

“When the bird and the book disagree, believe the bird.”

John James Audubon

Thank you Nathan Brown, Ashley Stanberry Brown and Mezcalita Press, LLC for helping me make this thing real! Below is a reading of the poem “Flipside Supernova” which explains a little bit about the stories I’m choosing to believe now.